Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Hrmmm #3

Notable under-reported events I stumbled upon today:
  • FBI charges 19 in mortgage probe - I can only pray this is the first of many stings against those peddling slippery mortgages. What few (if any) reports mention when they cover the "Mortgage Crisis" is that people profited from this. The bankers, the Realtors, the mortgage brokers. All of those trades are very much to blame for their involvement in years of irresponsible lending. At every step of the journey, these people profited. I think by the tens of thousands, each of those villains should be held accountable for their role in the crime. At the very least, reclaim the loot they plundered, at the best, bring criminal charges and ruin their ability to do this to people in the future. I want to see a hundred thousand repeats of "Operation Homewrecker."

  • TB threat 'worse than AIDS' - The TB threat isn't new to me at all. Even three years ago, when we were in Atlanta, Cindy started to talk about the return of TB. There was then and there is now a shortage of people trained to handle TB. But to hear that it is a worse problem than AIDS should be a wakeup call.

  • Dams Pose Growing Risk - I'm chalking this up to "we see the train hurdling down the tracks but we're not going to get out of the way." We've got faulty bridges, faulty gas tanks, and now faulty dams. Wouldn't it be great if we were spending six hundred billion on our own American infrastructure that is slipping further and further into disrepair each day? We can have safe bridges, safe gas stations, and safe dams, or we can have more bombs, bullets, and tanks than anyone else on earth? Hrm.... decisions, decisions...

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